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Drug Overdose

Beth E Meyerson, Alissa Davis, Jon D Agley, David J Shannon, Carrie A Lawrence, Priscilla T Ryder, Karleen Ritchie, Ruth Gassman
BACKGROUND: Pharmacies have much to contribute to the health of people who inject drugs (PWID) and to community efforts in HIV and hepatitis C (HCV) prevention through syringe access. However, little is known about what predicts pharmacy syringe sales without a prescription. OBJECTIVE: To identify factors predicting pharmacy syringes sales to PWID. METHODS: A hybrid staggered online survey of 298 Indiana community pharmacists occurred from July-September 2016 measuring pharmacy policy, practice, and pharmacist perceptions about syringe sales to PWID...
March 17, 2018: International Journal on Drug Policy
Alice Bell, Alex S Bennett, T Stephen Jones, Maya Doe-Simkins, Leslie D Williams
BACKGROUND: Illicitly manufactured fentanyl (IMF) prevalence has increased. However, there is uncertainty about naloxone dose(s) used by nonmedical bystanders to reverse opioid overdoses in the context of increasing IMF. METHODS: We used community naloxone distribution program data about naloxone doses and fatal opioid overdoses from the Allegheny County Medical Examiner. From January 2013 to December 2016, staff interviewed participants who administered naloxone in response to 1,072 overdoses...
March 20, 2018: Substance Abuse
Wasim Khasawneh, Salar Bani Hani
Medication errors remain among the major problems seen in hospitals. Such errors can relate to the prescription, dispensation, or administration of drugs. Human factors account for most of these mistakes, but other factors such as infusion pump programming defects should always be considered. Worldwide, medication errors have been reported to affect 2-30% of patients, depending on the institution. Intravenous lipid emulsion (ILE) infusion is frequently used as part of total parenteral nutrition in patients of all ages with feeding and gastrointestinal issues...
March 19, 2018: Drug Safety—Case Reports
Frédérique Rodieux, Laszlo Vutskits, Klara M Posfay-Barbe, Walid Habre, Valérie Piguet, Jules A Desmeules, Caroline F Samer
Children represent a vulnerable population in which management of nociceptive pain is complex. Drug responses in children differ from adults due to age-related differences. Moreover, therapeutic choices are limited by the lack of indication for a number of analgesic drugs due to the challenge of conducting clinical trials in children. Furthermore the assessment of efficacy as well as tolerance may be complicated by children's inability to communicate properly. According to the World Health Organization, weak opioids such as tramadol and codeine, may be used in addition to paracetamol and ibuprofen for moderate nociceptive pain in both children and adults...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Svetla Slavova, Alison Miller, Terry L Bunn, Jessica R White, David Kirschke, Tom Light, Daniel Christy, Gary Thompson, Ruth Winecker
BACKGROUND: The goal of this study was to establish and compare baseline data on the prevalence of gabapentin identified through postmortem toxicology testing among drug overdose decedents in several geographically diverse states/jurisdictions with differing levels of drug overdose fatality burdens in 2015. METHODS: Death certificates and postmortem toxicology result reports from five U.S. jurisdictions were used to identify residents who died from drug overdoses in year 2015 and to calculate prevalence rates of gabapentin in postmortem toxicology by jurisdiction...
March 10, 2018: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
Albert Dahan, Rutger van der Schrier, Terry Smith, Leon Aarts, Monique van Velzen, Marieke Niesters
The ventilatory control system is highly vulnerable to exogenous administered opioid analgesics. Particularly respiratory depression is a potentially lethal complication that may occur when opioids are overdosed or consumed in combination with other depressants such as sleep medication or alcohol. Fatalities occur in acute and chronic pain patients on opioid therapy and individuals that abuse prescription or illicit opioids for their hedonistic pleasure. One important strategy to mitigate opioid-induced respiratory depression is cotreatment with nonopioid respiratory stimulants...
March 19, 2018: Anesthesiology
Nongnooch Poowanawittayakom, Anamika Dutta, Shannon Stock, Sunkaru Touray, Richard T Ellison, Stuart M Levitz
The epidemic of illicit intravenous drug use (IVDU) in the United States has been accompanied by a surge in drug overdose deaths and infectious sequelae. Candida albicans infections were associated with injection of contaminated impure brown heroin in the 1970s-1990s; however, candidiasis accompanying IVDU became considerably rarer as the purity of the heroin supply increased. We reviewed cases of candidemia occurring over a recent 7-year period in persons >14 years of age at a tertiary care hospital in central Massachusetts...
April 2018: Emerging Infectious Diseases
Rowa' Al-Ramahi, Hamzeh Al-Zabadi, Ghadeer Al-Shareef
BACKGROUND: Paediatric patients are highly sensitive to drug-related problems such as dosing errors. Some dosing errors are preventable with suitable strategies. The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence of drug dosing errors in outpatient paediatric patients who attended primary health-care centres in Nablus and to identify possible associated factors. METHODS: For this cross-sectional study, we reviewed doctors' prescriptions for paediatric patients aged between 1 day and 12 years...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Therese M Lynn, Ena Lynn, Eamon Keenan, Suzi Lyons
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to provide trend analysis on all deaths among drug users who injected at or around the time of their death in Ireland between 1998 and 2014. METHOD: A review of the data recorded by the National Drug-Related Deaths Index (NDRDI) was conducted to identify individuals who were known to be injecting at or around the time of their death, from 1998 to 2014. RESULTS: Between 1998 and 2014, 16,500 deaths were recorded by the NDRDI...
March 2018: Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
E Oliosi, O Pointeau, E Mazoyer, S Le Jeune, B Giroux-Leprieur, R Dhôte, J J Mourad
INTRODUCTION: Vitamin K antagonists (VKA) are drugs with a major risk of side effect. Guidelines have been published in 2008 by the Haute Autorité de santé (HAS) concerning the management of an excessively elevated INR ratio. Our research aimed to assess physicians' adherence to those guidelines. METHODS: We realized a retrospective, multicentric study. One hundred and ten cases of excessively elevated INR ratio were identified and analyzed. RESULTS: Overall physicians adherence was 58%...
March 14, 2018: La Revue de Médecine Interne
L Lafarge, L Bourguignon, N Bernard, T Vial, M-J Dehan-Moya, B De La Gastine, S Goutelle
Beta-blockers are widely prescribed in elderly patients and may induce severe adverse drug reactions. We report a case of bisoprolol-induced bradycardia in an elderly patient with impaired renal function and use of cytochrome P450 inhibitors. A literature review has been performed in order to analyze pharmacokinetic risk factors of beta-blockers overdosing in geriatrics. Various mechanisms can result in decreased elimination of beta-blockers. These mechanisms vary according to the beta-blocker agent and may be combined in some individuals, especially elderly patients...
March 12, 2018: Annales de Cardiologie et D'angéiologie
Frédéric J Baud, Mohamad K Haidar, Romain Jouffroy, Jean-Herlé Raphalen, Lionel Lamhaut, Pierre Carli
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the magnitude of lactic acidosis in response to cyanide poisoning compared with the secondary response caused by cardiovascular shock. DESIGN: Retrospective case-control observational study. SETTING: University Hospital of Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris. SUBJECTS: Patients admitted for suspicion of cyanide poisoning or drug overdose. Medical charts provided by Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris of patients between January 1988 and December 2015...
March 14, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
Yan Zhang, Zhongyuan Huang, Letao Wang, Chunming Wang, Changde Zhang, Thomas E Wiese, Guangdi Wang, Kevin Eugene Riley, Zhe Wang
This work aims to face the challenge of monitoring small molecule drugs accurately and rapidly for point-of-care (POC) diagnosis in current clinical settings. Overdose of acetaminophen (AP), a commonly used OTC analgesic drug, has been determined to be a major cause of acute liver failure in the US and the UK. However, there is no rapid and accurate detection method available for this drug in the emergency room. The present study examined an AP sensing strategy that relies on a previously unexplored strong interaction between AP and the arginine (Arg) molecule...
March 15, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
D A van Riet-Nales, E D Nijholt-Faber, A de Boer
The Netherlands Medicines Evaluation Board (MEB) was recently informed about a serious pipamperone overdose in a 6-year-old boy, which happened because the boy was given the medication in streams rather than in drops. This article describes the use of drops in pharmaceutical patient care and explains why the MEB has maintained marketing authorization for the product on the basis of currently available information. The MEB urgently requests the healthcare professional groups to report all problems concerning drug use to the Netherlands Pharmacovigilance Centre Lareb, and the Portal for Patient Safety; this is the only way in which it can be verified whether incidental medication errors are actually, and continue to be, incidental...
2018: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
J H C de Roo, T M Bosch, A van Rhijn, R Del Canho
BACKGROUND: Medication is not always delivered in a safe dosing format. Up to 33% of medication errors can be attributed to confusing packaging or labelling. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 6-year-old boy with ADHD, for which he was being treated with methylphenidate and pipamperone drops, was brought to the A&E department with signs of severe encephalopathy. He had apparently been given pipamperone in streams rather than in drops in the previous months. The pipamperone level in his blood was raised to toxic levels...
2018: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
Gladstone C McDowell, Joseph Winchell
OBJECTIVES: The majority of patients seeking medical care for chronic pain consult a primary care physician (PCP). Because systemic opioids are commonly prescribed to patients with chronic pain, PCPs are attempting to balance the competing priorities of providing adequate pain relief while reducing risks for opioid misuse and overdose. It is important for PCPs to be aware of pain management strategies other than systemic opioid dose escalation when patients with chronic pain fail to respond to conservative therapies and to initiate a multimodal treatment plan...
March 15, 2018: Postgraduate Medicine
Caroline Daly, Eve Griffin, Darren M Ashcroft, Roger T Webb, Ivan J Perry, Ella Arensman
Background: Intentional drug overdose (IDO) is the most common form of hospital-treated self-harm, yet no national study has systematically classified the range of drugs involved using a validated system. We aimed to determine the profile of patients engaging in overdose, to identify drugs frequently used and to quantify the contributions of multiple drug use and alcohol involvement. Methods: Between 2012 and 2014, the National Self-Harm Registry, Ireland recorded 18 329 presentations of non-fatal IDO to Irish emergency departments...
March 12, 2018: European Journal of Public Health
Zeynep Ozturk, Kadriye Ugras
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March 14, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Michael James Zoorob
BACKGROUND: Although polydrug incidents comprise a substantial proportion of overdose deaths, scholarly and popular focus has centered on prescription opiates. This study examines the role of benzodiazepine and opioid prescriptions on overdose-both individually and synergistically-using data from Medicare Part D, a source of prescription drug claims for about 35 million Americans. METHODS: Prescribing data from the Medicare Part D Public Use Files for 2013, 2014, and 2015 (approximately 3...
March 14, 2018: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
Angela L Chiew, Daniel F B Wright, Nicola M Dobos, Kylie McArdle, Ahmed A Mostafa, Annemarie Newth, Michael S Roberts, Geoffrey K Isbister
Massive metformin overdose can cause metabolic acidosis with hyperlactatemia. A 55-year-old female presented 5h post multi-drug overdose, including 132 g extended-release metformin. Continuous venovenous haemodiafiltration (CVVHDF) and noradrenaline were commenced due to metabolic acidosis (pH 7.0, lactate 17 mmol/L) and shock. Despite 3 hours of CVVHDF, her acidosis worsened (pH 6.83, lactate 24 mmol/L). Intermittent haemodialysis(IHD) improved acidosis (pH 7.13, lactate 26 mmol/l), but again worsened (pH 6...
March 13, 2018: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
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